James Watt is one of the great Scots featuring in a new exhibition opening today (June 21) at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.

“Northern Lights, the Scottish Enlightenment” runs until April 2020. Admission is free of charge and there’s no need to book.

Names connected with the Scottish Enlightenment such as David Hume and Adam Smith feature in the exhibition, as well as other figures less commonly associated with it such as Robert Burns and James Watt.  National Librarian Dr John Scally said: “This exhibition tells the story of those who helped shape the world we live in today.”

The National Library building is on George IV Bridge in the Scottish capital. It’s normally open daily, except on some public holidays.

Read the Library’s press release here.

Find out more about the exhibition on the Library’s website.

There is also specific information on Watt here.